Review: Duran Duran, ‘All You Need Is Now’

Review: Duran Duran, ‘All You Need Is Now’: Aidin Vaziri | When Duran Duran tapped Mark Ronson to produce its 13th studio album, he bluntly dismissed the band’s last three decades of recorded output and promised to help deliver the proper follow-up to its 1982 classic, “Rio.” Maybe Ronson’s time-traveling abilities aren’t as powerful as he thinks. “All You Need Is Now” – a nine-track release available as download-only – more accurately reflects the plastic dance-pop sounds the group was mining in the late ’90s, replete with expensive electronic fizzes and exceedingly empty lyrics (“Paranoia/ The only valid point of view/ If you know what I’m saying,” howls Simon Le Bon). Oddly, Ronson, the man responsible for the robust R&B sound of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” has failed to draw out Duran Duran’s intrinsic funk, settling on fussy flash like “Being Followed” and the utterly ridiculous (and not in a good way) duet with Kelis, “The Man Who Stole a Leopard.” Even his attempt at reviving the grand rhythms of “The Chauffeur” for the menacing set closer “Before the Rain” falls flat. All told, not one song here is worth sacrificing “New Moon on Monday.”

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